Sibley East facilities topic of informational meetings


Options for resolving Sibley East’s facility concerns will be the topic of public meetings scheduled in late September and early October.

Public meets will be held September 21 at the Arlington campus, September 28 at the Gaylord campus and October 5 in Green Isle, at a location yet to be determined. All meetings will be held at 7 p.m.

District residents are encouraged to attend one of the meetings at any of the three locations, according to Superintendent Stephen Jones.

Three options for Sibley East’s facility concerns will be presented. They are to make corrections only at all existing buildings, to correct deficiencies and space needs at all existing buildings and maintain existing grade alignment, and to construct a new preschool through Grade 12 building on a new site.

Estimated costs for making corrections only on all existing buildings is $16,538,614. The estimated cost for correcting deficiencies and space needs at all existing buildings, and maintaining the existing grade alignment, is $27,859,524.

The estimated cost for a new preschool to Grade 12 building vary from $39,000,000 to more than $41,000,000 depending where a new school building would be located. A site has not yet been selected for a new school, if the district chooses that option. The committee doesn’t want a site selected until the public has a chance to voice its opinion, according to Jones.

Information to be presented will include the financial impact provided by Ehlers, architectural information from Smiley Glotter Nyberg Architects of Minneapolis, enrollment information and projections, and operating cost comparisons between the current schools, remodeled schools, and a new school.